How to solve error message: "Failed to map the path '/'."

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I've searched and searched on Google, and I can't find anything that even seems applicable to my situation, let alone solves the problem. It doesn't matter which address in my website I try to navigate to (even addresses that don't exist give this error instead of a 404), I get the exact same message (the path is always '/'). Any ideas?

Server Error in '/' Application.

Failed to map the path '/'.

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. 

Exception Details: System.InvalidOperationException: Failed to map the path '/'.

Source Error: 

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace: 


[InvalidOperationException: Failed to map the path '/'.]
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.HostingInit(HostingEnvironmentFlags hostingFlags, PolicyLevel policyLevel, Exception appDomainCreationException) +336

[HttpException (0x80004005): Failed to map the path '/'.]
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.FirstRequestInit(HttpContext context) +11556592
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.EnsureFirstRequestInit(HttpContext context) +141
   System.Web.HttpRuntime.ProcessRequestNotificationPrivate(IIS7WorkerRequest wr, HttpContext context) +4813333

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.0.30319.225

UPDATE: I went back to the site a few minutes after posting this--made no changes to code or configuration--and the error went away. I'm really baffled, but it is no longer a problem. Not sure what should be done with this question.

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asked on Stack Overflow Sep 8, 2011 by Trevor • edited Sep 9, 2011 by Trevor

18 Answers

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restarting IIS solved the same issue in my case. Seems like something fails in IIS. Didn't worth my panic, either.

IIS 7.5, btw.

answered on Stack Overflow Jan 4, 2012 by keremispirli
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I had the same issue (MVC 4) under IIS 7. It turned out that the App Pool identity didn't have the correct authorization to the site's path.

answered on Stack Overflow May 18, 2012 by (unknown user)
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You don't have to reset IIS, you can just recycle the app pool.

answered on Stack Overflow Feb 7, 2014 by Brandon Montgomery
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Today when I renamed the default website, under which my MVC application was hosted, I started getting that error too. But I restarted IIS and the issue was resolved.

answered on Stack Overflow Sep 19, 2012 by Rahul Bagal • edited Sep 19, 2012 by Scott
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I also have same issue. In my case working on InstalledSheild / InstalledAware, to make setup of web service. After setup run the above error comes, while resolve issue when check, found that IIs default website path remove after setup run.

So I just add path as below step.

  1. Go to Command prompt -> type InetMgr
  2. Its open IIS, go to 'Default Web Site' -> Advanced Settings (at right side menu) enter image description here

  3. Go to Physical Path and paste this things - '%SystemDrive%\inetpub\wwwroot' as below enter image description here

answered on Stack Overflow Dec 27, 2017 by Ajay2707
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These samples run in server. So either the Windows user must have READ/WRITE permissions or must run the sample in Administrator mode.

Try running the sample in Administrator mode.

answered on Stack Overflow Apr 25, 2013 by sivasubramanian • edited Jun 20, 2015 by Stephen Kennedy
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I found that I had misnamed some virtual directories in IIS Manager. After fixing them, I was good.

answered on Stack Overflow Jul 1, 2014 by woodge
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The following works for me: 1. Right click on "Default web site" 2. Choose Advance settings 3. Setup Physical Path to C:\inetpub\wwwroot 4. Click OK. 5. Browse the Default web site. --> It works.

answered on Stack Overflow Dec 7, 2015 by Viet Tran Hoang
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This line (top of the stack trace) is telling you there is something wrong which the hosting configuration.

 System.Web.HttpRuntime.HostingInit(HostingEnvironmentFlags hostingFlags, PolicyLevel policyLevel, Exception appDomainCreationException) +336

How is your server set up? Have you checked the config files?

I'd search through them specifically for any settings or attributes which have the single value "/".

answered on Stack Overflow Sep 8, 2011 by m.edmondson
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Changing pool from ASP.NET v4.0 to Framework4 worked for me.

answered on Stack Overflow Oct 25, 2011 by Vijay Karla • edited Nov 8, 2012 by Tom
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I Think this is because of IIS is unable to find the root folder. i.e wwwroot. Restarting the IIS wont be helpful in some scenarios. if the root path has changed, you should bring it back to %SystemDrive%\inetpub\wwwroot

by right clicking sites node in IIS and changing physical path to the above one.

and make sure that your application pool is asp.net v4.0 and running in integrated mode

answered on Stack Overflow Jun 5, 2012 by amesh
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i have tried following solution and it had work for me C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe right click on Devenv.exe in Compablity tab --> Privilage Level --> click on Run this Program as an Adminstrator If as for the Admin Password Provide it

if it is already selected deselect it and again select it -->Apply-->OK

restart the VS application and Publish your website again

answered on Stack Overflow Apr 18, 2013 by Vikas
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I was receiving this error because I happened to be opening a website project over a mapped network drive z:\folder instead of connecting via a UNC path \\server\path\folder. Once I opened the project from the UNC path it built just fine.

answered on Stack Overflow Jan 20, 2016 by Jerreck
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~I've gone to the Internet Information Services Manager

~Click the sites

~Right click on your website

~Click Manage Website > Advance Settings

~Change the application pool to DefaultAppPool

And it works fine to me.

answered on Stack Overflow Jul 4, 2017 by Martin Lloyd Jose
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I experienced this after updating to Windows 10 Fall Creators edition version 1709. None of the solutions above worked for me. I was able to fix the error this way:

  1. Go to “Control Panel” > “Administrative Tools” > “IIS Manager”.
  2. Choose “Change .NET Framework Version” from the “Actions” in the right margin.
  3. I chose the latest version shown and clicked “OK”.

If IIS Manager is not available under Administrative Tools, you can enable it this way:

  1. Press the Windows key and type "Turn Windows Features On or Off" then select the search result.
  2. In dialog that appears, check the box by “Internet Information Services” and click OK.
answered on Stack Overflow Nov 5, 2017 by Tom B. • edited Nov 5, 2017 by Tom B.
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It could be due to data in your web.config file. E.g. a backslash in a domain username.

userName='domain\user'. 
answered on Stack Overflow Mar 20, 2012 by electron-zenit • edited Mar 20, 2012 by electron-zenit
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I had this issue with a specific application and not the entire IIS site. In my case, access to the application directory was not the problem. Instead, I needed to give the application pool a recycle.

I think this was related to how the application was deployed and the IIS settings were set (done via scripts and a deployment agent).

answered on Stack Overflow Feb 8, 2019 by War Gravy
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I ran into the same issue when trying to run the ASP.Net precompiler, it turned out that I was not opening the command prompt as administrator. Once I did, I was able to run the asp.net compiler successfully.

answered on Stack Overflow Feb 23, 2019 by Stuart Smith

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